January 3, 2011

Women's Ice Hockey Loses To Princeton, 3-0

PRINCETON, N.J. - The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team fell to Princeton on Monday afternoon, 3-0, at Hobey Baker Rink in Princeton, N.J. The loss drops Quinnipiac's ECAC Hockey record to 6-6-0 and its overall record to 13-7-1, while Princeton improves its ECAC Hockey record to 5-6-1 and its overall mark to 8-10-1.

The Tigers registered the first goal of the game at the 8:33 mark into the first period, as junior forward Julie Johnson tallied her fourth goal of the season. On the play, she buried a centering pass from sophomore forward Alex Kinney, who earned her third assist of the season.

Princeton found the back of the net just 37 seconds later to increase its lead to 2-0, when junior forward Paula Romanchuk notched her seventh goal of the season. The Princeton captain was assisted by senior defender Sasha Sherry and junior forward Heather Landry on the score.

The second period belonged to Princeton as well, as the Tigers increased its lead, 3-0, on a goal from junior forward Danielle DiCesare at the 9:10 mark. Sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) turned away DiCesare's initial shot, but was unable to prevent the forward from poking in the rebound for her second goal of the season. On the score, freshman forward Sally Butler and junior forward Heather Landry each earned her sixth assist of the season.

Quinnipiac's best opportunity in the third frame came at the 14:58 mark into the period. Freshman forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) put the puck between her legs, followed by a wrister that was knocked away by junior goaltender Rachel Weber. Weber played a solid afternoon in net for Princeton, making 19 saves and earning her fourth shutout of the season. Vigilanti made 16 saves on the afternoon for the Bobcats.

Neither team was able to capitalize on its power-play opportunities in the contest, as both Quinnipiac and Princeton went 0 for 4 on the afternoon.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Jan. 7 at 4 p.m. when it travels to Canton, N.Y. to face St. Lawrence. The Bobcats will then play Clarkson the following night on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in Potsdam, N.Y.